Ellon Ladies Ball

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ELLON’S Ladies donned their best ballgowns for a good cause last weekend, as the town hosted it’s Ladies’ Ball.

The annual event, which has been going on since at least 1949 and is traditionally hosted at the New Inn, attracted a crowd of around 110 guests who danced the night away to music by the Graham Geddes Band.

Spokeswoman for the organisers, Hazel Wilkins, told the Times that the ball had raised hundreds of pounds, though it had not yet been decided which charity would benefit from the event. The ladies will consult with local groups to reach a decision.

“The raffle raised £800, which will go to for local charities, though the actual charity has not yet been decided. The £800 we raised last year went to Ellon Community Council to be spent on the town’s Christmas Lights.”

She added that those attending had thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“Everyone had a wonderful time, with good food from the New Inn and super music from the band until 1am. Guests commented how much they had enjoyed the evening and everyone left with smiles on their faces. It was a lively night!

“The Committee would like to thank the New Inn for a wonderful meal, the Graham Geddes Band who kept the evening swinging along with a mix of Scottish and Pop music ensuring the dance floor was always full and, of course, the guests who came along and made the evening such a happy and enjoyable night.”

The ball, which is a long standing fixture in the town’s social calendar, is estimated to have begun just after the end of World War 2, and became known as the Ladies Ball due to the predominantly female nature of the organisers. The current committee say that although the group’s bank book dates back to 1956, they have evidence that the tradition dates at least to 1949.